In 2010, Melanie Acevedo set out to photograph her kids every week for a year. Two years later, the series is still going strong.

In 2010, Melanie Acevedo embarked on a personal project to photograph her children—Violet and Rockwell—every week for a year. Here it is 2012 and the project, titled “52 Weeks,” is still going strong. She was inspired to keep going after reading Joan Didion‘s book Blue Nights, about the death of her daughter. Melanie began to think of these photos as a gift to her kids, a lasting manifestation of how she saw them—and a celebration of their lives together, messy details and silly moments included.

“I don’t set these pictures up at all,” says Melanie, who last year moved with her husband, Richard, and their kids from Brooklyn to the beach town of Sea Cliff, New York. (They share their home with their two adorable dogs, Mr. Magoo and Squirrel.) “I keep two cameras around the house all the time, one always upstairs, one down. Sometimes, when the kids are doing something I want to capture, I will ask them to wait for me if I have to run and get a camera, but otherwise, that’s pretty much it. If I shoot a lot of pictures, sometimes they will act and pose for me, and then we play with the shots a bit more, trying different stuff. But sometimes, they won’t let me shoot them at all, and just run or cover their faces. They are kids, after all!”

I asked Mel to pick some of her favorites from “52 Weeks,” which she publishes as a tumblr, and for a little commentary on why she chose them. Here’s what she sent:

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Week 8, 2012: Rocky in the backseat, New York City. Photo by Melanie Acevedo.

“Rocky got this superhero costume we ordered for him the night before. He was so excited! He put on his Robin costume when he got up and didn’t want to take it off. We were headed into Manhattan for the day to see friends, and he wanted to wear it, and, well, why not? Halfway into the city, I turned around to look at him, and he had passed out cold in the backseat of the car. I guess being a superhero is exhausting!”

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Week 6, 2012: Rocky and Squirrel, Sea Cliff, New York. Photo by Melanie Acevedo.

“The kids had just gotten out of their bath and were getting ready ready for bed. Rocky wanted to wear his bathrobe from the Four Seasons that we brought back from L.A. a few weeks before, so he could lounge around in it. Ever since we got Squirrel, he and the dog just love to run around and chase each other all over the house. I caught them just staring at each other upstairs before they took off again.”

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Week 5, 2012: Rocky turns 5, Sea Cliff. Photo by Melanie Acevedo.

“Rocky’s birthday dinner. He’s waiting for Richard to bring in the cake. This is so Rocky! The face!”

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Week 49, 2011: Violet in tree, Ewing Township, New Jersey. Photo by Melanie Acevedo.

“We were visiting my mother and aunt in New Jersey. When I was a little girl, my family planted all these little hemlock trees. Now they are HUMONGOUS!!!! You can play underneath them, and it feels like a magical secret world. Violet loves to run and climb and be free—this is so her—way up in the sky. A wild thing!”

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Week 44, 2011: Rocky, Alethea, and Violet, Battery Park City. Photo by Melanie Acevedo.

“We had a goodbye dinner with our babysitter Alethea the day before we left to move to Sea Cliff. We all love her so much.The bond she has with my children is so strong, especially with Rockwell, who she treats like her own little baby.”

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Week 35, 2011: Santa Monica Pier, Los Angeles. Photo by Melanie Acevedo.

“I am out in Los Angeles quite often for work, and my family comes out with me as often as possible. Since we have so many friends out there, it feels like a second home. The Santa Monica Pier is always on our list of things to do. This was Rocky’s first time on the bungee-jumping ride.”

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Week 30, 2011: Violet at Barnegat Lighthouse and bay beach, Long Beach Island, New Jersey. Photo by Melanie Acevedo.

“We have been going here every summer for the last few years. We love it—it’s so much fun, beautiful beaches, no pretense. We ride bikes, swim, eat lots of ice cream. Violet’s favorite from the ice cream man who comes to the beach every day is the double screwball.”

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Week 29, 2011: Long Beach Island. Photo by Melanie Acevedo.

“My brother brought his family down to spend a few days with us. My niece Sara and Rockwell are infatuated with each other. She couldn’t say a word at the time, but he understood everything she was saying!”

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Week 25, 2011: Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Brooklyn. Photo by Melanie Acevedo.

“This was the morning after Violet’s last day of 3rd grade. We had a little pool party the day before, and her friends Nova and Willa slept over. I woke up the next morning around 6:30, and I could hear their voices outside my window. They had gotten up and gone out front to play, and had created this amazing little tableau on the sidewalk.”

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See more “52 Weeks.”

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